Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey will be one of three featured speakers at Stonewall Democrats of Dallas’ monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Veasey, of course, represents the newly created District 33 that stretches from South Fort Worth to North Oak Cliff.
Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso, who represents North Oak Cliff and is up for re-election in May, and Equality Texas field organizer Daniel Williams will also speak. Williams will talk about pending legislation in the current session and the upcoming March 11 Lobby Day.
Stonewall Democrats also announced more details about their statewide Equality Forward Summit April 5-7 in Austin. This is the third biennial statewide meeting the organization has held.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker will attend and introduce keynote speaker Barney Frank, the openly gay former U.S. congressman from Massachusetts. In 1998, Frank founded National Stonewall Democrats, which is currently on hiatus. Frank retired from Congress at the end of 2012.
Other speakers at the summit will include Jamie Citron, director of the Obama campaign’s LGBT Leadership Council and LGBT Vote; State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, the first LGBT member of the Texas Legislature since Glen Maxey; Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck Smith; and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.
Locally, on March 9, Dallas Stonewall’s Endorsement Committee will hold its candidate screening for municipal elections at Resource Center Dallas. Jeff Strater chairs the committee. In order to vote at the screening meeting, members must be current dues payers at least 30 days in advance of the vote.
Stonewall monthly meeting Ojeda’s Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave. Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.